One of the most vital steps of refinishing a hardwood floor is sanding it down before you restain it. This is also the most exhausting part of the job. However, it is much easier if you rent a drum sander. You can use handheld power sanders, but that would take much longer. This article explains how to use a drum sander before you restain your floor.
Prepping for the Sanding
To prepare for the sanding you first need to remove everything from the room. Then, you will need to mask off the area with painter's plastic. You want to cover the walls because the sawdust can get all over. Drape thin, lightweight plastic from the ceiling or the tops of the walls to cover the paint, wall hangings and vents. You also want to turn off your AC or furnace while your house is masked off. The most important thing to cover is the baseboard. You need to cover it with something thicker than plastic. When the side of the drum sander hits the baseboard, it can scratch and even gouge it. It is best to cover the baseboard with cardboard. You can just cut up old cardboard boxes to the right size.
Sanding the Floor
Operating a drum sander can be tricky, if only because they are large and awkward to handle. They are very powerful and the sander can catch the wood, causing it to jolt forward. You always want to hold the sander with 2 hands as you power it up. Also, never leave the sander in one spot when the power is on. Keep it moving, or the sander could create a dip in the floor. You can use the sander on most of the floor, but it will not reach the corners. A small corner sander is the best way to reach the rest of the floor. You need to do two passes of the drum sander. Start with a coarse sandpaper on the first pass. The rougher paper will allow you to remove the old finish very quickly. Then, you need to use a finer grit to make the floor smooth and ready to be restained.
You will also need a powerful shop vacuum to clean up your floor. You may also want to use wet rags to soak up the fine dust that the vacuum does not pick up. Once you finish sanding, you'll be all ready to start the staining process! If, however, you decide you'd rather have a professional working on your hardwood floors, contact a company like B & D Floor Sanding.
Flooring can take up a big chunk of your building or renovation budget. Is this something that you can cut down the cost of so that you don't run out of money before the project is complete? In some cases, your first choice may not be the best for your budget. We have put this blog together to help those going through the process of renovating or building a home find the flooring that will fit into their budgets without sacrificing looks or quality. When you come to the end, you will have a good idea of what you can afford and what you want in your home.